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Martand Jha

Freelance Writer

A student of International Relations, an observer of Indian media, a cricket fan having a deep interest in the social issues  specially disability. Finally, struggling as a 'Freelance Writer' these days.

The Roots Of India’s Agrarian Crisis

There is a widespread perception that the "agrarian crisis" is more or le an outcome of natural calamities like drought which no one can fight. Governments over the years have used this misperception...
08/10/2016 4:04 PM IST
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Why Differently-Abled People Should Be Given Minority Status

Disability cuts across class, caste, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, nationality. However, often, a differently-abled person's first identity among his/her other identities is his/her disability. Reducing disability to just a medical or physical condition is to ignore the fact that this community faces discrimination on the basis of their disability.
10/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Differently-Abled Teachers Could Bridge The Education Gap For Students With Special Needs

Last month, I went to an NGO in north Delhi with a friend who worked there. Coincidentally, on that very day, the CBSE class 12 results came out. The mood there was very jubilant because more than five visually challenged students associated with the NGO got more than 90% marks while a few others got more than 80%. Though these performances would not be considered extraordinary in normal circumstances, these were not ordinary students.
27/06/2016 8:27 AM IST
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The Steady Downfall Of Doordarshan

There's something forlorn about DD now, as it clings to its place amidst far glossier channels. It looks like a relic of the past, its old glory faded to almost nothing. When all other private channels are continuously revamping and transforming themselves, DD has chosen to look backwards by showing its own old serials and changing the channel's logo to that of the 1980s. DD is looking backwards, and how can that result in anything but a downfall?
15/06/2016 4:13 PM IST
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Can The West Indies Recover Their Lost Cricketing Glory?

When the West Indies won the T20 cricket world cup in April, it was a moment of joy for every cricket lover, even as England's Ben Stokes, who got hit for four consecutive sixes, burst into tears. Every cricket fan appreciated the Caribbean team's performance, especially since nobody expected them to win the tournament in style. But the T20 triumph notwithstanding, the West Indies have been on a downward trajectory.
28/05/2016 12:25 AM IST
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The Place Of Disability In International Relations

International relations as a discipline has evolved quite a bit since its inception centuries ago, incorporating over the years various strands of political philosophy and thinking such as realism, liberalism, constructivism, Marxism and even feminism. Issues related to ethnicity, class, race, gender and now even sexuality are being talked about by scholars across regions. Strangely, however, people with disabilities are absent from this discourse.
17/03/2016 8:23 AM IST